Some of you may have dreamed of having a chandelier in their living room – Your dream could now become (a sustainable) reality

As we try to search for sustainable ideas we stumble upon a lot of inspiring and innovative ideas. In this blogpost, we are presenting you the “Bionic Chandelier”. Like the sustainable seaweed pods we lately showed you, this idea originates from the Imperial College of London (in collaboration with Hammersmith and Fulham Council) and the start-up Arborea. This invention could revolutionize modern housing and architecture in the future.

Arborea was founded in 2014 by Julian Melchiorri who is an alumni of the Imperial College in London. The start-up developed an innovative cultivation system that includes tiny plant-life such as micro-algae, diatoms and phytoplankton. These organisms are cultivated on solarpanel-like structures. The idea is to plant those panels on buildings and houses. You might now ask yourself: Why plant algae on panel-structures on houses? The answer is simple: Removing greenhouse gases from the environment while generating breathable oxygen.

And this panel-structure seems to be really effective. The Arborea-team stated that their system can produce oxygen and remove carbon-dioxide at an enormously good rate. The “production” rate is 100 times higher than a single tree says the team. Furthermore the organisms in the panel build and continue to grow an organic biomass which can be used to extract nutrients for plant-based food products.

In 2017 Arborea launched their pilot-project, the Bionic Chandelier. As the name says, the chandelier is the first indoor project of the start-up. It consists of the described microorganisms and is structured as a chandelier. The light of the chandelier illuminates the room while simultaneously photosynthesis is performed by the tiny micro-algae in the panels thus purifying the air indoors. It is now part of the V&A permanent collection and could be a signpost for the sustainable interior architecture of the future.

What do you think can be furthered modelled and created with these micro-algae structures? Let us know in the comments!

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Sources: Julian Melchiorri (